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Amazing Benefits Of Apples (+5 Refreshing Recipes)

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Amazing Benefits Of Apples (+5 Refreshing Recipes)

Since Adam and Eve, apples have been seen as a seductive fruit. They really are the number one fruit that needs to stay on your weekly shopping list. Tasty, delicious, versatile, and handy to eat on the go are just a few of their exquisite qualities, but there are many more reasons why you should make an apple a day a part of your daily routine.

5 Benefits of Apples

1. Apples lower cholesterol

The combination of ursolic acid, pectin and D-glucaric acid in apples all help to mop up and excrete cholesterol from the body. This, in turn, helps decrease the risk of coronary heart disease. The soluble fiber produces a gum-like gel that soaks up LDL cholesterol (the bad one) and drags it out of the body. The soluble fiber found in an apple binds with fats in the intestine, which translates into lower cholesterol levels and a healthier you.

2. Apples improve your memory and brain functions

Apples featuring red skin contain anthocyanins in their peel. With regard to cognitive function, research suggests that flavonoids, including anthocyanins, have the ability to enhance memory and help prevent age-related declines in mental functioning. The flavonoids found in red apples can help improve memory and slow age-related loss of cognitive functioning.

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3. Apples help you build stronger bones

Apples contain the trace minerals boron and phloridzin. Boron helps decrease the risk of osteoporosis by assisting in the body’s uptake of calcium through it interactions with magnesium and Vitamin D. Phloridzin also helps build strong bones and protects again osteoporosis, as well as increasing bone density.

4. Apples contain rich fiber

One of the best features of apples is pectin. The skin of apples is especially rich in this soluble fiber, which helps lower cholesterol. In several studies, when levels of pectin from foods were increased in the diet, it led to a lowering of blood cholesterol. Pectin also helps to keep your blood sugar levels stable by becoming a sticky gel when it gets wet once inside the stomach, thus slowing the absorption of the natural sugar, fructose, that apples contain. The result being, this sugar will be slowly absorbed into your bloodstream and rather than giving you a sugar rush often seen with eating high sugar foods such as chocolate, the sugar will be slowly absorbed into your bloodstream thus keeping blood sugar levels stable.

5. Apples Help Banish Hot Flushes

Boron has been found to be essential for oestrogen production. Research has now shown that boron supplementation in postmenopausal women markedly elevated the blood level of the most active form of oestrogen, 17-beta oestradiol, to the level found in women on oestrogen replacement therapy. Equally, the blood levels of testosterone increased also. Some women get hot flushes in perimenopause because oestrogen levels are too high and progesterone too low, and therefore may be afraid of using boron. However, no evidence has been found that boron raises oestrogen above normal healthy levels.

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Top 5 Apple Recipes

Cinnamon Baked Apples

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    You may choose to use sweet apple varieties such as Pink Lady or Fuji and therefore, decrease the amount of sugar used.

    Easy Apple Coleslaw

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      This is a delightfully refreshing salad that is always a hit on a hot summer day!

      Apple Crisp

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        This recipe takes on a different approach to your usual Apple Crumble.

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        Grain Free and Flour Free Apple Crumble

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          This recipe is so quick and easy and you will be amazed at the great flavor. Delicious hot and cold, with cream or Greek yogurt, or on its own!

          No Bake Apple, Cinnamon Muffin Bites

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            The taste and texture of a delicious, hearty apple cinnamon muffin minus the baking and added fats and sugars!

            The health benefits of apples exist in both raw and cooked apples, although they are more beneficial for health when eaten raw. The soft flesh of the apple contains soluble fiber, attracting water to the intestine, slowing digestion and forcing food to stay in your stomach. That causes you to feel fuller longer, which helps keep you from eating more, making it the perfect snack or hunger stopper in any emergency.

            Featured photo credit: mythja via shutterstock.com

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            Last Updated on November 22, 2021

            Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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            Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

            Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

            During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

            But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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            Simplify

            I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

            Absolutely.

            And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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            If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

            • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
            • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
            • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

            Be Mindful

            You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

            Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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            Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

            Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

            Reflect

            As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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            Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

            But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

            So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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